Better Get To Livin’ is the second book that I’ve read by Sally Kilpatrick, and I must admit, it is as sweet, funny and charming as the first, The Happy Hour Choir.
This love/family tale, set in the same small town of Ellery, Tennessee, is told in alternating chapters between the main characters, Declan and Presley. Presley (her Momma loved Elvis), returns home after a paparazzi induced scandal all but ended her dreams of becoming a famous actress in Hollywood. She ends up working as a hairdresser, both at the salon and the funeral home where she helps get the dearly departed ready for viewing. Oh, and did I mention she can see and talk to ghosts. How convenient at the funeral home! Declan’s family owns the funeral home. Although he works there, his dreams for the future were to be an architect. But being the good person that he is, he’ll never let his family down when they need him most. He even references the Rolling Stones lyric: “You can’t always get what you want”. What he does want is Presley, and has since high school. They become instantly attracted to each other, although at first they hide this attraction from each other. Their romance blooms along the course of this absolutely lovely storyline. I enjoyed the rest of the characters, including the ghosts, and how Ms. Kilpatrick gently deals with the many family issues that arise. In closing, I’ll finish the lyric and say: “You get what you need”, and they do!
Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for an ARC in return for an honest review.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: Better Get To Livin’
Author: Sally Kilpatrick